Reflections on the Cocoa Borlaug Program
Entry: Alexis Matute, INIAP (Ecuador)
WCF and the Cocoa Borlaug Fellows Program, together with USDA/ARS, have introduced me to new agricultural techniques for cocoa cultivation with an emphasis on plant nutrition. These techniques can be implemented more efficiently by cocoa farmers in Ecuador in order to improve productivity and reduce the incidence of diseases.
Alexis Matute works on an experiment at USDA/ARS in Beltsville.
The introduction to companies involved in the production of chocolate products such as Blommer, Barry Callebaut, Hershey, and Mars among others was a completely new and unforgettable experience for me. I learned in more detail about the importance that a well-managed crop at the field level has for these companies.
I hope to improve my country’s cocoa sector with the knowledge gained as a result of this training through seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. and by working directly with farmers to improve the conditions of their farms.
Alexis visits Camden International Commodities Terminal in Camden, New Jersey.